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  • Published: 31 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742532318
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 264
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Beat Till Stiff: A Woman's Recipe for Living


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The book that will all at once entertain, comfort and confront you

Beating egg whites till they're stiff is a metaphor for life – just when you thought your existence would never be more than flaccid transparent snot, something happens to turn it into tight white light.

Once a counsellor, nurse and cook and now a writer, television presenter and all-round fabulous woman, Peta Mathias is the queen of transformation.  In Beat Till Stiff, Peta shares lessons learnt in her pilgrimage through life, such as how she stopped strangling her mother, why redheads  have more fun, and whether having an orgasm really makes a difference to sex, procreation or world peace.

In her bestselling guide to womanhood Can We Help it if We're Fabulous?, Peta shared with us her thoughts on being a woman.  In Just in Time to be Too Late, she turned her attention to what it means to be a man in the twenty-first century.  Now, in Beat Till Stiff, Peta covers topics she considers important, naughty or personal, all with a bent towards life's many transformations.  Some of the essays in Beat Till Stiff are scurrilous, many are funny and others autobiographical, but all are thoroughly entertaining.

  • Pub date: 31 October 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742532318
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 264

About the Author

Peta Mathias

Peta Mathias MNZM is a respected and prolific New Zealand chef, author and broadcaster, who conducts gastronomic tours to such exotic places as France, Morocco, Spain, Vietnam, Italy and India. She lives in the South of France in the French summer, teaching cooking classes in her Uzès home and lives in Auckland in the New Zealand summer, writing and avoiding winter. For twelve years Peta presented the award winning prime time travel/food television shows Taste New Zealand, Taste Takes Off and A Taste of Home. Her many books are about food, travel, life, men, women, love and explaining how egg whites can transform your life. In 2012 Peta was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit by the New Zealand Government in recognition for her work as an author and TV presenter. www.petamathias.com

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